Saturday 20 January 2018

Rampant Fingallians are just too good for Counsel

FINGALLIANS remain in the hunt for a place in the knockout stages after a resounding win over Good Counsel in Lawless Park on Wednesday night.

Derry Murphy's men, who repeated the double over the Drimnagh outfit in the league on Sunday, put two indifferent displays against St Vincents and Na Fianna behind them to re-ignite their championship hopes.

A big positive for the Swords men was their cutting edge up front with all six forwards on the mark by half time.

Matty Lambe marked his arrival shortly after the break with a score too as Good Counsel struggled to build on the promise of a good early start.

They capitalised on some defensive lapses to hit Fingallians for two early goals but points from Stephen Dowling banished the early nerves.

With JM Sheridan finding the back of the net with a fortunate long-range effort, Fingallians overcame a five point deficit to lead 1-14 to 2-4 at the break.

Fingallians began the second half with three unanswered points and with 2010 Junior championship winning captain PJ Vaughan giving a good return at full forward, they began to pull away.

Good Counsel managed to strike for a third goal ten minutes into the second half before a goal from Eoin Cullen put the game to bed for Fingallians.

Murphy, believes that Fingallians can drive on now following back to back wins over the last seven days.

'We know ourselves that we are a good hurling team. We never performed against Na Fianna and St Vincents got on top of us early on and we never really reacted.

'We are looking to rebuild but we have to keep ourselves up in the higher grades. It's easy enough to get up there, but staying there is the target.'

Fingal Independent

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